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Workshop on "Globalization, Movement of Pathogens (and Their Hosts) and the Revised International Health Regulations" (2008) to explore issues related to infectious disease spread in a "borderless" world.
Travel medicine : tales behind the science by Annelies Wilder-Smith; Marc Shaw; Eli Schwartz
Call Number: RA783.5 .T6744 2007
Publication Date: 2007
Travel to exotic places is fascinating, and equally so are infections and other dangers of exotic travel. Moreover, one need not be traveling to suffer these maladies; sometimes they travel to you. The enormous global mobility demands a public health response. The result is the concept of 'travel medicine' as a separate discipline. This book describes the evolution of travel medicine, travel vaccines, malaria prophylaxis and infections of adventure and leisure. [...] This book provides an overview of the pandemics, in particular that of cholera, yellow fever, severe acute respiratory syndrome and influenza. Globalization, migration and health lead to a history of disease and disparity in the global village - our world.
“The drivers of mobility, the process of the international movement, and the back-and-forth transitioning between differential risk environments has significance for the management of infectious diseases in migrant receiving areas. The management issues are broad, high-level, and cross-cutting…”
"Throughout history, the movement of people has played a critical role in the transmission of infectious disease. As a result of migration, trade, and war, disease germs have traveled from one environment to others. As intercultural contact has increased--as growing numbers of people traveled longer distances to more diverse destinations--the transmission of infectious diseases has increased as well."
"As transborder mobility of humans, animals, food, and feed products increases, so does the threat of the spread of dangerous pathogens and infectious disease. While new global markets have created unprecedented economic opportunities and growth, the benefits have not been equally distributed, and the risks--especially the health risks--of our increasingly interconnected and fast-paced world continue to grow."
"This paper reviews the existing evidence about the links between globalization and infectious diseases in terms of changes in disease distribution, transmission rate and, in some cases, management of disease."
"Present and future health challenges related to migration may be more effectively addressed through collaborative global undertakings. This paper reviews the epidemiological relationships resulting from health disparities bridged by migration and describes the growing role of migration and population mobility in global disease epidemiology. "
A division of the CDC, the DGMQ has a dual purpose of both a public health mission to save travelers/migrants, and a regulatory mission to prevent the spread of communicable disease in the United States.